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Jun 22, 2022 19:23 GMT

A police commander reported that between the legs of the deceased “a casing similar to the one from the tear gas bombs was found.”

The parliamentary caucus of the indigenist political movement Pachakutik of Ecuador denounced this Wednesday the death of a man, in the framework of the anti-government demonstrations that the South American country has been experiencing since June 13.

According to the organization, which attributes the death of this man to “strong repression”, the incident occurred at dawn in the town of Tarqui, province of Azuay, in southern Ecuador. The victim was identified as Marcelino Villa, 38 years old.

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Walter Villarroel, commander of the Azuay police subzone, said, in an interview with WRadiusthat Villa’s body was found lying on the side of the South Pan-American highway, in a place intended for food consumption.

Though did not confirm that the death occurred as part of the protest actionspointed out that “between his legs a casing similar to the one used for tear gas bombs was found, precisely to repel demonstrations.”

Two previous deaths

This would be the third death in the framework of the indefinite national strike that is taking place in the country, called by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Confeniae).

The first fatal victim was the 22-year-old Jhonny Saúl Félix Muenala, who died after falling into a ravine last Sunday, amid “strong repression by the police and military”, during the seventh day of the national strike, in the Collas sector, north of Quito, according to the Alliance for Human Rights.

The second dead was a 42-year-old indigenous leader, named Byron Holger Guatatuca Vargas, who, according to the Alianza itself, “was hit by a tear gas canister on his head” while protesting in the city of Puyo, Pastaza province, on last tuesday.

The National Police has denied the responsibility of its agents in these events. Regarding the death of Félix, the authorities assured that it was an accident, while in the case of Guatatuca reported that “it is presumed that the person died at result of handling an explosive device“.

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